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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Dancer Selina Wang (10) performs in the upper school dance production, with an image of her rehearsing in the background. Despite the intense training required of dancers, many forms of dance strive to hide strain on stage.

Studio grit, stage grace: Dancers debate sport vs. art

by Katerina Matta and Tiffany Zhu March 15, 2024

Competitive dancers can practice at least nine hours every single week, or condition to train endurance for up to an hour each time they’re in the studio. They push the human body to its physical...

Co-captain and outside hitter Zachary Blue (12) receives a serve. Strong passing allowed the Eagles to run a more diverse offense and create more scoring opportunities on Wednesday.

Boys varsity volleyball sweeps Mountain View in 3-0 shutout

by Katerina Matta March 8, 2024

The varsity boys volleyball team bested Mountain View in a 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 sweep at home on Wednesday.  Harker pulled ahead to a 6-2 lead at the start of the first set, capitalizing on a series...

Pitcher Raeanne Li (9) lunges in preparation to throw a pitch in the first inning. Raeanne pitched for the first four innings, and Joy Hu (10) pitched for the last inning.

Varsity softball team dominates James Lick 11-3 in season opener

by Tiffany Zhu, Co-Assistant Sports Editor March 4, 2024

The varsity softball team defeated James Lick High School 11-3 at Blackford on Feb. 28.  The first inning commenced with pitcher and shortstop Raeanne Li (9) pitching and catcher Maddie Avila (9) behind...

An Athletics banner hangs on math teacher Jeanette Fernandezs bulletin board. Fernandez has gone to As games for the past thirty years.

Oakland Athletics uproot for income

by Gabe Sachse, Assistant News Editor March 1, 2024

When Oakland Athletics pitcher Trevor May went live on Twitch to announce his retirement, fans expected him to go quietly. As a pitcher with a career earned-run average of 4.24, few noticed his send-off...

Guard Claire Yu (10) prepares to pass the ball as a Cougar defends her. Claire scored two layups back to back in the second quarter during the CCS semifinals game.

Varsity girls basketball falters against Half Moon Bay 55-65 in CCS semifinals

by Tiffany Zhu and Ashley Mo February 27, 2024

The varsity girls basketball team succumbed to Half Moon Bay High School 55-65 in the CCS semifinals game on Feb. 22 at home.  Since home CCS games are rare, the event drew a large crowd of parents...

Junior varsity boys basketball head coach Nick Nguyen (15) addresses his players during half time. “I was confident in my ability to be able to coach Harker’s JV team,” Nguyen said. “Elsewhere, I would have been more hesitant and I think I would have had less of an impact than I could have here, which is what drew me to take the job.

Bouncing back: Former Harker basketball athlete returns to coach

by Emma Milner and Tiffany Zhu February 23, 2024

The junior varsity basketball team trails behind their opponents as the clock winds down in the final quarter. But the Eagles pick up the pace in the remaining minutes, ultimately winning the game by a...

Selina Chen (9) represents her club team while Finley Ho (9) dons a Harker jersey. Both split their time between the varsity girls basketball team and their club teams.

Battling for balance, student-athletes take on club and high school sports

by Katerina Matta and Claire Yu February 8, 2024

Imagine shaking off the rust from two long years spent in the pandemic for your first high school volleyball season. Then picture winning the Central Coast Section title. Next, you return to club training...

Registered dietician Sara Leung speaks to students about sports nutrition during long lunch on Dec. 1. Leung has over 15 years of experience helping people develop a positive and healthy relationship with food.

WiSports Club welcomes dietitian, discusses sports nutrition

by Janam Chahal, Assistant News Editor December 19, 2023

Women in Sports Club hosted a speaker event about sports nutrition with registered dietitian Sara Leung in math teacher Bianca Cung’s classroom on Dec. 1 during long lunch.  Leung has over 15 years...

Students, parents, staff and alumni celebrate third annual Harker Day at upper school campus

by Lily Shi and Ashley Mo October 13, 2023

Over 3,000 members of the Harker community gathered for the third Harker Day at the upper school on Saturday, with food, performances, sporting events and activities for all ages. The day commenced...

While it would be unrealistic to ask students to deprioritize academics, maintaining a high academic standard does not require forgoing activities like sports games.

Editorial: Low sports attendance harms Harker community

by Editorial Board October 4, 2023

Shoulder pads collide as a Harker football player drives against their opponent to break a tackle in a close game. To an observer, it looks as if the sideline has been frozen in time. Teammates hold their...

Conservatory members Jason Shim (11), Luke Mehta (12), Shareen Chahal (12), Sam Parupudi (11) and Iris Cai (11) announce the Conservatory Kickoff during the school meeting on Tuesday. I will be giving you your fresh, funky musical theater and theater news along with my colleague Shareen! Jason said.

School meeting recap 8/22/23: Athletics, Conservatory Kickoff and “Guess the song”

by Isabella Lo and Alison Yang August 28, 2023

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Daniel Lin (12) opened the first school meeting of the year on Tuesday. Performing Arts Production Manager Brian Larsen began the meeting by discussing the basics...

Committed senior athletes pose for a picture at signing day, wearing their respective college apparel. They took photos with family, friends and audience members after the ceremony.

Student athletes sign off to future in ceremony

by Emma Milner, Co-Sports Editor May 3, 2023

Nine seniors were honored by the upper school athletic department during the college signing ceremony in the Zhang Gymnasium at 12:45 p.m. on April 25.  Upper School Athletic Director Dan Molin started...

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